A Perth nightclub owner says he finds a young woman’s story about her drink being spiked difficult to believe because she’s “not particularly attractive”.
Rapture Nightclub’s management has faced widespread backlash after it appeared to respond to 19-year-old Shantel Smith’s complaint by questioning why somebody would want to drug her.
Ms Smith shared her exchange with the nightclub on her Instagram account.
In an interview with The West Australia, Mr Scott was asked why he doubted Ms Smith’s story.
"Well she's not a particularly attractive girl. It's just implausible to imagine that she had her drink spiked, it just doesn’t sort of add up,” the owner responded.
“She’s just a very plain Jane type of girl. I can’t understand why anybody would be possessed by her.”
People on social media were appalled by Mr Scott’s comments about the teen’s looks.
One woman called his remarks a “gutter snipe” at Ms Smith.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt,” another woman wrote.
One man called Mr Scott’s statements “shocking”.
“What an awful thing to say,” a third woman wrote.
Mr Scott had previously questioned why someone would spike Ms Smith’s drink.
“I don't know if she thinks she's special enough to be spiked, I don't know if that's how it works,” he told Nine News.
“Why would they do that? What are they hoping to get?”
The teen claims one drink left her unconscious for two hours after visiting on Saturday night.
She claims she didn’t see any bouncers inside the venue on the night and suggested the club consider increasing its security to avoid something similar happening in future.
Yahoo News Australia has contacted Rapture Nightclub for comment.
Police have confirmed they are now investigating the matter.
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